Still coming to terms with the fact that the Newtown Social Club's gig-hosting days have come to an end? Us too. But — for better or for worse — when one door closes, another one opens. And come this Thursday, July 6, the same doors will swing into action — but this time they'll reveal a mini-golf bar. Yes, the old NSC bandroom is becoming an indoor 18-hole mini-golf course.
The new venue is called Holey Moley Golf Club, and it comes to Sydney after opening in Brisbane last September and Melbourne earlier this year. Set to open at noon, the bar will pair putt putt and pints across the two-storey King Street space. Every stop on each of the two nine-hole courses is themed within an inch of its life, so you can putt in The Simpsons' living room, through a Mouse Trap-like contraption, into the iconic Luna Park mouth and underneath a donkey with a Donald Trump for an ass. It's as batshit crazy as it sounds.
We hope Holey Moley isn't simply filling one of Sydney's many struggling live venues with a gimmick, and their parent company Funlab have advised that music will remain a feature with regular DJ sets. Drinks-wise, expect cocktails from The Caddyshack Bar and a bao station for bites between holes. Newtown isn't the only spot on Holey Moley's expansion trail either, with an Adelaide venture due to open in May.
Holey Moley Golf Club will open at 387 King Street, Newtown at noon on Thursday, July 6. Keep an eye on their website for more information.